Just as the dust settles from unprecedented construction activity, the Sugar House building boom continues. Site prep work is underway for Legacy Village, formerly called 1202 Wilmington, a 10-story mixed-use, senior housing development directly across the street from the recently-completed Wilmington Gardens on Wilmington Avenue.
Legacy Village will replace what was a surface parking lot behind the very suburban-style shopping area, the Sugar House Shopping Center. The project will include 12,800 square-feet of ground-floor retail along Wilmington Avenue and 268 luxury residential units. The units will be a mix of studios and one and two-bedroom apartments. There will be a four-floors of structured parking on floors two to five, with the residential units occupying the top six floors.
The project is one of several residential developments under construction that focus on senior residents. Construction is underway on the Ballpark Apartments on the 1400 South block of West Temple in the Ballpark neighborhood. The six-story, Ballpark Apartments will include 62 affordable housing units reserved for residents over 55.
By having parking accessed from the back of the property, the ground-floor retail portion of Legacy Village will have uninterrupted street engagement along Wilmington Avenue. A side-street will be constructed just west of the property, connecting Wilmington Avenue to the parking structure.
The project is adjacent to an increasingly popular pedestrian and bicycle corridor connecting the S-Line Greenway to Hidden Hollow and Sugar House Park.
The site for the Legacy Village is currently two blocks from the terminus of the S-Line Streetcar. A second phase is planned for the streetcar to have it continue east on Sugarmont Drive to Highland Drive where it will continue north to 2100 South. When the second phase is completed, residents living in Legacy Village will be less than a block from the S-Line.
Legacy Village will be the largest of the new developments in Sugar House’s Central Business District. Just a block from the Wilmington Avenue developments is the recently completed Vue at Sugar House Crossing and Liberty Village, which added 200 and 171 residential units respectively.
When both Wilmington Gardens and Legacy Village are completed, the projects will add a combined 480 residential units to the 1200 East block of Wilmington Avenue. After Legacy Village opens, nearly 900 residential units will have been added to the Sugar House CBD, giving the CBD a residential population to rival downtown Salt Lake.
Construction of Legacy Village is expected to be completed spring 2017.